Cold, wet conditions break record for south east
By Emma Sykes
Brisbane is experiencing its coldest and wettest June since 1999, but there is a warm light at the end of this tunnel.
It’s not all that often that you see scarves, boots, overcoats and umbrellas feature heavily in Brisbane’s collective wardrobe, but a wave cold weather this week has seen the sunny state capital look more like its southern cousin, Melbourne.
The miserable weather is being caused by a trough that has been forming over south east Queensland and off the coast.
Weatherzone’s Brett Dutschke says the trough has brought widespread rain to central, central western and south east Queensland.
“Some parts have had a month’s worth of rain in a day, Brisbane has had 27 millimetres in the last 24 hours,” he says making this Brisbane’s “wettest June in thirteen years.”
And if you’re wondering why it feels so cold, Mr Dutschke puts it down to the wind-chill factor.
“The wind will make the temperature feel colder than it actually is. Brisbane is struggling to get into mid-teens, it will feel more like the low teens.”
Temperatures in Brisbane have struggled to get past 15 degrees for five consecutive days.
Mr Dutschke says the low temperatures are not that unusual on their own, however the run of cold days makes it a record breaking cold snap.
“Thursday will be the 6th day in a row without reaching 20 degrees, and the last time that occurred was in 1999, so for some people it’s probably a distant memory.”
“The most unusual thing about this week is how long lasting and prolonged it is,” that, he says is due to the widespread nature of the cloud.
“It’s a slowly developing low pressure trough and it’s got a fair bit of moisture in it, so it’s bringing rain which is adding to the cooling.”
But before the rain and cool weather disappears Brisbane can expect more falls.
“We do have more rain to come, today and tomorrow, and there’s a chance of getting some minor flash flooding, particularly near the coast as the system becomes more coastal oriented.
Brisbane, he says, could get another 50 millimetres before it moves offshore before the weekend, which would also make it the wettest start to the year, since 1999.
A low forming off Fraser Island will increase surf in coastal areas on Thursday and Friday.
“It will certainly make the surf increase; we have a chance of seeing 5 or 6 feet waves hitting the beaches.”
Mr Dutschke says you’ll be able to do your washing by the weekend, with sunshine expected by Friday.
“There will be much drier south-westerly winds filtering through south east Queensland over the weekend and then we’ll see temperatures getting comfortably above 20 next week.”
Just in time for Queensland to win the State of Origin decider in Brisbane? Mr Dutschke says football fans can expect a warmer, dry night.
“I can confidently say next Wednesday is looking dry. It’ll be reasonably comfortable, temperatures in the mid-to-high teens during the evening, so I think it will be good for footy.”